What is a Prepper?
Being a prepper is all about self reliance. Being a prepper is not about "Planning for the end of the world". Its about preparing for any number of disasters, short or long term. Its about being ready for anything. Its funny.. The general public today thinks people that "put back for a rainy day" are freaks unless they are putting back money in a bank, but just one generation back, "putting back" was the normal thing. Our parents and grand parents thought nothing of putting back several months worth of food and keeping things on hand in case of hard times. They were not looked on as freaks. In those days, food in the cubbards or cellar was their savings account. Today, most Americans keep their savings in the bank or the stock market. Many Americans have lost their entire savings in both of those institutions lately.
The problem lies in the fact that todays Americans don't think there will ever be hard times again (naive?) and if they do come, the Government will either prevent it or take care of us. What Americans don't realize is the fast pace, "buy it as you need it" society we live in today is VERY fragile and depends on a lot of things working perfectly to keep in going. Point in case.. 5 years ago, if Wal-Mart was out of something you could ask them to go check in the back for it. Ask them that the next time you are there. There is no "Back" anymore. Wal-Mart gets trucks every day to replenish their shelves and it gets stocked on the shelves right away. Those of us in hurricane territory learned that the hard way. If anything happens to the truck or delivery system, the shelves will be empty of anything very useful is about 4 days of normal shopping. If its a disaster like a storm, hurricane, consumer panic or something else hits, the shelves will empty in a single day, maybe in hours.
Prepping is about a buffer zone that you create to allow you to be self reliant for a certain amount of time. Some choose to have a 3 or 6 month buffer while others go much longer term. Basically, what it comes down to is if any of the thousands of large or small disaster scenarios take place, will you have the resources to stay home and weather through it? It also comes down to who do you trust? If a long or short term disaster strikes, who do you trust to take care of you and your family? The State? The Federal Government? Your Family? Neighbors? Personally, I trust Me a lot and that's who I plan on relying on. In order to do that, it takes some prep work... That's what a prepper is.
A familiar term to preppers is TEOTWAWKI or "The end of the world as we know it". However, this term doesn't actually refer to the end of the world. Otherwise it would be TEOTW. It just means the end of the world as we know it. If you lose your job and neither you or your spouse can find a job, it is TEOTWAWKI for you, at least for a while. Your world is no longer the same. Lets look at that scenario. You no longer have a job so no real money is coming in. Lets say you have a $1000 a month house payment and an additional $3000 per month of assorted bills. Now, you are stuck trying to scrounge up $4000 per month to survive. Now lets say you are a prepper and have a years worth of food put back for your family and have created some alternate ways of energy. Now you can live in non-electricty world for a while and have plenty to eat. All you need to scrounge up is the $1000 house payment to keep from losing your home. That's a lot easier to do than $4000.
You see? Prepping is about preparing for hard times, no matter what or how long the hard times are. You go ahead and trust the bank to your savings.. I will trust the food I have put back, the alternate power and heat systems I am developing and the items I am putting back for TEOTWAWKI.
If a major disaster strikes and a big TEOTWAWKI happens, in a short amount of time, all people will be split into 2 groups of people. Those who have prepped and have put back what they need and those who will try to take from those who prepped. There is no third group. Either you will have or you will have not. Those who have not will have to try and take from those who have to keep from watching their family starve or freeze to death. Dont tell me you are a good person and would never do that. No one can sit and watch their children go hungry. You will either be a "Haver" or a "Taker". I will be a "Haver" and will rain down heavily on the "Takers" that get in range....
Which group will you be in?